Nuggets: Bao Boss fire, Creamery Co. plans Lake Stevens location, Bhu-Ping closes

EVERETT – Welcome to the third edition of Nuggets, where we talk about local news, fun local facts and tips for readers.

It’s been a minute (or nearly two months) since we last posted this column, so we have plenty of new food and drink developments to share.

The Creamery Co. will open a location in Lake Stevens

The Creamery Co. of Marysville is building a second location in downtown Lake Stevens.

The newly constructed building will reflect Lake Stevens, with a lodge feel and plans to offer delivery directly to the lake. In addition to its current offerings, which include homemade pastries, frozen yogurt, ice cream, freebies and Whidbey coffee, the new location will also offer salads, take-out charcuterie and other picnic-friendly food items. picnics/boats. The location will also include a large fireplace for people to congregate.

Founder Rickelle Pegrum hopes her new location will open next year. In the meantime, stop by The Creamery Co. at 1206 State Ave. to Marysville for seasonal baked goods (they sell a ton of strawberry and rhubarb danishes) and something called yogalato, a cross between yogurt and ice cream. If you’ve ever wanted to have cherry pie or brownies in frozen yogurt or gelato form, The Creamery Co. is your place. The Marysville store uses local fruits and vegetables as often as possible in its baked goods.

The Pegrum company recently won the “Pandemic Thriver” award at the Marysville Business Summit. Her business has constantly pivoted during COVID-19, including when she transformed what would have been a banquet/party hall into a gift shop that is now a permanent facility at The Creamery Co.

“We kept persevering,” Pegrum said. “We always wanted to offer something Marysville didn’t have and elevate what the people of Marysville already have.”

She plans to do the same in Lake Stevens.

Bhu-Ping closes permanently

The owners of Bhu-Ping Thai Cuisine have permanently closed their Everett restaurant at 6600 Evergreen Way, according to a Facebook post. The owners announced their retirement on May 28.

“We want to thank all of our customers for your love and support over all these years,” reads Facebook. “It was truly a great pleasure to serve you all. We wish you the best!”

Named after a winter palace in northern Thailand, Bhu-Ping opened in 2014. Owner Choosak “Noi” Chuenchowwai took over the space, formerly known as Taste of Thai, after buying a house in Everett with his wife Hua and closing their Capitol Hill restaurant. . They had no plans to open another restaurant until the Taste of Thai site came to market.

“The place found me,” Choosak told the Herald in 2014. “We hadn’t been looking. My wife likes to cook.

Besides their excellent Thai cuisine, including pad see ew, Bangkok fried chicken and panang curry, Chuenchowwai was known for pairing Thai dishes with domestic and international wines from its impressive collection.

Opening a book and cafe in downtown Everett

Doesn’t a place with delicious toasted sandwiches, freshly brewed local coffee, a beautiful piano, comfortable seats and a wide selection of books to relax sound like a dream?

Then open your eyes and head to downtown Everett, where Artisans PNW and Artisans Books & Coffee recently opened their magical but very real shop at 1800 Hewitt Ave. Their grand opening was on Thursday.

People who frequented Artisans Mercantile in Snohomish will be pleased to know that the shop has reopened in Everett under the same ownership of mother-daughter team Judi and Emma Kate Ramsey, with many of the same vendors and food offerings, plus a unwavering dedication to championing small business.

“We’re here to support local artisans,” said Emma Kay, who runs the Artisans PNW side of the store. Stroll out the back and around the cafe – Artisans Books & Coffee – where you can order a chai latte, buy books from a wide range of authors (local too) and curl up in a comfy chair near from the window. Judi said she wanted Artisans to be an inclusive gathering space for the community.

Artisans is your one-stop-shop for great coffee drinks, a quick breakfast or lunch, an afternoon read, gifts and home decor. Some of my favorite finds included handmade pottery with beautiful botanical prints (they are also microwave and oven safe), an apron with “butter” printed all over in a whimsical and colorful font, a notebook with dancing skeletons, a long antimicrobial hemp washcloth (great for reaching for your back), a stunning oil painting by artist Julie Roehling titled “Cape Abwa Sunset”… I could go on. Artisans PNW showcases many local talents.

Artisans will have a daily selection of rotating sandwiches. Recent specialties have included grilled Havarti with bacon plum jam on Texas toast and a Swiss cheese sandwich with pickled mustard seeds and peppery orange pear jam. The shop also sells artisan food products (such as 11 Olives olive oil and Bellingham’s Flying Bird Botanicals teas), clothing, jewelry, cards, homewares and more.

We first heard about Artisans PNW and Artisans Books & Coffee from a Living in Everett’s story which featured the beautiful airy boutique. Thanks to our friends from Live in Everett!

Fire Stops Bao Boss

Bao Boss closed after a fire damaged parts of Everett’s sandwich shop on May 14. A spokesperson for the Everett Fire Department confirmed the fire.

Owner Dan Deconinck said Bao Boss will be closed for at least three to four months as it navigates the challenges ahead. He is waiting for insurance before starting to rebuild his store at 2814 Hewitt Ave.

“Please forgive me while we are closed to hopefully plan for the future of bao boss,” he wrote on Facebook.

Those unfamiliar with Bao Boss may remember Noodle Nation, Deconinck’s old concept at the same location on Hewitt Avenue. He switched the carbs earlier this year to focus on inventive sandwiches, including a fried Monte Cristo sandwich with pineapple chutney and soft ham, a country fried steak seasoned with togarashi, stacked burgers, lox on a steamed bun (bao) and more fusion sandwiches.

Fans have called Bao Boss “innovative and wildly creative” in addition to delicious, and many are eager to support the sandwich shop when it returns.

Food Truck Fridays returns to Port of Everett

Food Truck Fridays returned for its fifth year to the Port of Everett on May 27. The weekly event “will feature a rotating variety of local mobile and licensed restaurants at the popular Everett Waterfront Place,” according to a press release from the Washington Food Truck Association. . “Bring your camping chair or picnic blanket and enjoy eating outside again.”

The Port of Everett has partnered with the Washington State Food Truck Association to bring Food Truck Fridays to the waterfront.

Check out the rotating food truck schedule on 10th Street at Waterfront Place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday through August.

This Friday, try Big Red Truck, which sells American, Italian, and Cuban sandwiches plus loaded tacos and mac and cheese, and Tabassum, which brings authentic Uzbek fare from Central Asia to the Pacific Northwest. Popular dishes include samsa, a hand pie stuffed with puff pastry with fillings like chicken curry, beef, butternut squash and vegetables. A vegan option is also available.

Find timetables, menus and to order online, go to

BBQ truck donates to Uvalde’s funeral fund

local food truck C. Davis Texas BBQ pledged to donate its profits last Saturday and Monday to help fund the funerals of the 19 children murdered in an elementary school shooting in Texas on May 24.

“I’m beyond tired, but thanks to you, we raised thousands of dollars today to help families who have lost loved ones in Texas! The lines were crazy,” C. Davis wrote on his company’s Facebook page on Saturday, noting that he had sold out. “I am truly grateful for each and every one of you!!!!”

In Uvalde, two local funeral homes — Rushing-Estes-Knowles Morgue Uvalde and Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home – also recently offered free funeral services to the families of the shooting victims.

Basil changes ownership

Basil Authentic Vietnamese Kitchen, 909 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, has changed ownership after a four-year run.

Former owner and founder Andrew Pham told customers that Basil will “continue business as usual” with the same menu.

Pham, a second-generation Vietnamese-American, opened Basil in 2018. The restaurant serves 18 types of pho (such as tripe, rare round steak, well-done brisket, and Vietnamese beef dumplings), as well as banh mi, vermicelli noodles and appetizers.

According to a Daily Herald article about the restaurant’s opening, Pham’s parents “left Vietnam to escape communism in the mid-1980s, immigrated to Washington” and opened their own restaurant, the Seattle Deli, which served Vietnamese cuisine.

In a farewell post on Facebook, Pham wrote that he was leaving Basil to spend more time with his wife and children.

“Growing up in a restaurant family, mom and dad were never home. I am so grateful to my parents for all the sacrifices they made as refugees in a new country, to create a life and supporting ourselves. One of those sacrifices was family time,” Pham wrote on Facebook. “Fast forward 30 years later, I found myself doing the exact same thing.”

He continued, “I’m lucky to have the opportunity to choose differently, which is why it’s time for me to say goodbye to Basil.”

He thanked his friends, customers and team at Basil for all their support and hard work, from being so open to navigating the pandemic.